The Great Chicago Fire: Did Mrs. O'Leary's Cow Really Cause It?
Pupils research the Great Chicago Fire and its myths on how it started. They use their critical thinking skills to determine what really happened. They write an essay supporting their opinion on the fire.
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The Great Depression Comic Book
Did you know that the comic book made its debut during the 1930s? Using this resource as guidelines for their work, your young historians will use the creative medium of a comic book to summarize their understanding of major events...
8th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Jim Murphy, The Great Fire - Grade 6
The Great Fire by Jim Murphy provides the text for a study of the Chicago fire of 1871. The plan is designed as a close reading activity so that all learners have the same background information require for writing. Richly detailed, the...
6th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
The Great Chicago Fire of 1871 – A Story of Human Tragedy and Triumph
Students examine the effects of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. In this American history lesson, students research primary and secondary sources regarding accounts of the fire and its effects. Students share their research finding in...
8th - 12th Social Studies & History
Evaluating Eyewitness Reports
Students consider the advantages and disadvantages of eyewitness accounts as records of history. They research several accounts of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 and then compare and contrast each version to arrive at a final picture.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History